By: Tammy T
The name gymnosperm literally translates to 'naked seeds' and gymnosperms are generally understood to be seed-bearing plants that do not flower. There are four classes of living representatives of gymnosperms: Cycadinae, Ginkgoinae, Coniferinae and Gnetinae. Each class is thought to represent a certain stage in...
By: Tami Port MS
Many flowering plants produce showy, flamboyant blooms; even more so when the plant is created by a horticulturist rather than by Mother Nature. The feature typically accentuated in showy flowers is the number of petals. But flowers are much more than a collection of petals...
Uses of poisonous plants
By: A. W.
Imagine what it would be like to have no preexisting knowledge of plants. A simple walk through the forest would be an opportunity to discover new foods, but also to discover those plants that have the potential to harm. Figuring out whether a plant...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Ethnobotany is a combination of social science, mainly anthropology and botanical science. It is a study of the ways in which humans and plants interact and the way that botanicals contribute to human cultures. Originating in the 1800s, perhaps in 1885 by the botanist John...
By: Judy Evans
The macadamia tree is an Australian native but there are now few left in the wild. Luckily they are cultivated by the score for the commercial value of their nuts which can be eaten raw or roasted or used in cooking. Macadamia oil is the...
Trees of Australia: Gidgee tree
By: Judy Evans
The gidgee tree (Acacia cambagei) is endemic to Australia. It is also known as the gigyea, gidya and gidgea but these names are all variations on a theme. The name which gives a clue to the essential character of the tree is ‘stinking wattle&rsquo...
Plant profiles: Giant saguaro
By: Lea Miller
When you think of the desert southwest, you probably picture a tall, stately cactus with branches looking like arms, silhouetted by the sunset. This is the giant saguaro. Saguaros are native to parts of the Sonoran desert, in an area that covers southwestern Arizona and...
How Singapore's super-trees are helping cultivation of flora and fauna from foreign lands
By: Sun Meilan
Singapore is known for its tropical rainforest climate, which means that it is hot and humid for the majority of the year. It also receives huge amounts of rainfall, which, according to worldtravelguide.net, can be around 2340mm on an annual basis. This is great...
By: Sammy Stein
Many plants can reproduce without sex. They do this by runners, bulbils, offsets and corms for example and we can do it artificially by taking cuttings but the problem with assexual reproduction is that it does not allow the importation of genes into the gene...
By: Merryl Lentz
Bizarre plants that resemble sci-fi aliens or the cast of a low-budget horror movie might scare the petals off of your average rose bush, while definitely shivering some timbers. And they're just as frightening in broad daylight as they are under the black shroud of...

 

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